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Tough driving penalties NOW IN FORCE – especially for van drivers

Published on Tuesday 25 April 2017 in Van News

Tough driving penalties NOW IN FORCE – especially for van drivers

Drivers caught breaking the law will face new penalties within weeks, with a huge focus on those threatening lives with higher penalties to be put in place for using a mobile or for speeding. Vanarama Content Editor Tom Roberts reports.

Van drivers in particular are warned that if they get taken to court for speeding, their occupation – together with truck and bus drivers – will increase the seriousness of their offence in the eyes of magistrates following guidelines set by the Sentencing Council

The new penalties are now in force!


Higher speeds, higher penalties

Those topping 100mph on the motorways are not the only ones at risk, anyone caught driving at 41mph in a city 20mph zone could be subjected to a massive financial penalty – 150% of their weekly income, and up to £1,000 or £2,500 on a motorway – and even those doing just 31mph can be disqualified for 7 to 28 days.

For phone-related incidents, licence penalty points will double to six – and no alternative of 'driver education' to avoid points will be offered. Any drivers with existing licence endorsements face increased risk of a driving ban that could cost them their job and livelihood.

We urge all of our customers to be aware of these new measures, and to drive safely and responsibly at all times. You can find more information on the Sentencing Council website.